Pachycnemia hippocastanaria - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth

GEOMETRIDAE

Ennominae

Las Descargues, 18 March 2010
Pachycnemia hippocastanaria Adult

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© Robin Howard

Pachycnemia hippocastanaria (Hübner, 1799)

Horse Chestnut
La Pachycnémie des callunes

Wingspan: 30-35mm

A trivoltine species flying from February - October. Attracted to light and has been recorded from all sites with heathland habitat to 700m asl. Generally a common species at Las Descargues.

The larva feeds from May to November on Erica, Calluna spp., overwintering as pupae underground. It is possible that under suitable conditions, larvae will overwinter.

 

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